Friday, June 04, 2010

One step closer to Toronto's Sheppard East LRT

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Infrastructure Ontario has released a request for qualifications to pre-qualify and shortlist project teams to design, build, finance and maintain a new maintenance and storage facility for new light rail vehicles that will operate on the Sheppard East Light Rail Transit and Scarborough LRT projects. The maintenance and storage facility will be constructed on the corner of Sheppard Avenue and Conlins Road in Scarborough.

Construction of the Sheppard East LRT began in December 2009 and is expected to be completed in spring 2014.

The development of this transit line and facility will create jobs, help increase transit ridership, improve air quality, help reduce travel time and increase access to other transit systems in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

The RFQ is the first step in a competitive procurement process to select a project team for the new maintenance and storage facility. RFQ submissions will be evaluated by Infrastructure Ontario, Metrolinx and TTC transit specialists. These specialists will pre-qualify and shortlist project teams with the design, construction and maintenance capability and experience, the qualified personnel and the financial strength to deliver the project. The shortlisted teams will be invited to respond to a request for proposals (RFP), expected to be released in mid-2010.

The federal government will provide up to a maximum of C$333 million, from the Building Canada Fund, for funding the Sheppard East LRT and the maintenance and storage facility projects. The province of Ontario and Metrolinx will be responsible for the remaining costs.

Infrastructure Ontario will work with Metrolinx and the Toronto Transit Commission to deliver the new Sheppard East maintenance and storage facility. Infrastructure Ontario is a Crown corporation dedicated to managing some of the province's larger and more complex infrastructure renewal projects - ensuring they are built on time and on budget.

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